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Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Walled by Anne Tibbets / @XpressoReads @WriteforCoffee

Title: The Line, Book 2: Walled
Author: Anne Tibbets
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Genre: Dystopia, New Adult, Romance
ARC Received From: Xpresso Book Tours

Freedom means making brutal choices.

Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya’s twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They’re alive, and they’re together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya’s dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won’t be an option forever.

When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge’s electronic heart and shut it down, it’s an opportunity—it’s risky, yes, but if it works they’ll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this.

Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they’ve always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya’s children lost amidst the chaos, they’ll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden…or commit an unspeakable act.

Other books in this series

A good book shouldn't end. *sigh* It just shouldn't.

Walled continues where Carrier ends. High octane, fast paced, suspense filled, but with a lot more romance than Carrier.

Naya's determination to make a better future for her daughters was incredible. She risked it all, like a parent would, to make it happen. Ric wasn't too keen on the idea at first; he'd been betrayed by his brother, lost a great friend, and he had a good life with Naya so his reluctance to go after The Corporation was understandable. But he did it anyway and I admire him greatly for that.

Perhaps the most...poignant moment of this book was close to the beginning. Naya struggles with nightmares of her time on The Line. Memories of forced intimacy make it hard for her to connect physically with Ric. The desire is there but then the memories come rushing in and rob her of a chance to discover what real, wholehearted intimacy is like. Does she overcome it? Yes, but it takes patience on both their parts and is definitely a mind-over-matter battle for her before she's comfortable enough to let it happen with Ric.

The romance in here is more than there was in Carrier, but it doesn't diminish the suspense and action part of this story at all. It runs tandem to those aspects, creating a story that's well-written and engaging. I was blown away by Carrier and I was anxious to know what would happen to this incredible heroine and her two children, but was a little sad to know Walled would end this series.

New adult dystopia romances might be considered a dime a dozen, but truthfully they aren't. Ms. Tibbets' series, The Line, proves that. Unique settings coupled with incredible characters (primary and secondary) twisted by the unexpected make her series one worth reading. Having tried it yet? I hope you do, and I hope you enjoy both books as much as I have.

Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.

Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.

Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

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